|Improv:21 with Rova Saxophone Quartet|
Derk Richardson interviews members of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet at San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center on June 5, 2005. They discuss the relationships of imagery to sound including the use of graphic notation in spontaneous compositions, as well as using film imagery to guide an improvisation. Konrad Steiner talks about the experimental films of Stan Brakhage, which have been used by members of ROVA as inspiration for some of their works...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Jazz; Interview and Music
|Improv 21: Vinny Golia: The Large Ensemble Experience - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews composer, improviser, and multi-wind instrumentalist Vinny Golia, recorded at the Red Poppy Art House, in San Francisco on March 18 2009, as part of the ROVA:Arts Improv 21 series of informances. Originally a visual artist, Golia has brought his skills at pictorial composition to his ensemble pieces. A self taught musician, Golia considers his role as an outsider has enabled him to work with radical avant-garde musicians, members of the primarily African American free-...
Keywords: Improv:21; ROVA:Arts; Vinny Golia; Improvisation; Jazz; Interview; Music
|Improv 21: The Chair the Fact: An Informance with Ben Goldberg - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews Berkeley based composer and clarinetist, Ben Goldberg, on October 30, 2006 at the San Francisco Performance Library, as part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA Arts. Originally from Denver Colorado, Goldberg moved to California to study at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received his undergraduate degree before also obtaining a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Jazz; Ben Goldberg
|Improv:21 - An Informance with Mark Dresser|
A performance and lecture by composer and bassist Mark Dresser, recorded on April 15, 2008, at the Marsh, in San Francisco, as part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA Arts. After a brief introduction by Derk Richardson, Dresser takes the stage and performs a lengthy improvisation, before launching into what is no less than a master class on extended playing techniques, intervals, harmonics, and the creative uses of amplification...
Keywords: ROVA:Arts; Improv:21; Lecture; Panel Discussion; Jazz; Improvisation; Double Bass; Mark Dresser
|Improv:21 - An Informance with Scott Amendola|
Scott Amendola, the talented percussionist and composer, is interviewed by Derk Richardson, before an appreciative live audience, recorded on May 21, 2008, at the Marsh, in San Francisco, as part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA Arts. The event begins with Amendola improvising on his normal drum kit, augmented by an assortment of samplers, digital loops, carefully placed microphones, and other various electronic devices, not to mention the occasional sleigh bell or two...
Keywords: ROVA:Arts; Improv:21; Scott Amendola; Panel Discussion; Lecture; Jazz; Improvisation; Percussion Music
|Improv:21-Solo Performance - the Composer - Performers focal point: An Informance with Ned Rothenberg - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews New York based, master-saxophonist, Ned Rothenberg, who composes and performs on saxophones, clarinets, flute, and shakuhachi (an end blown Japanese bamboo flute). He has been internationally acclaimed for his solo music, which he has presented for the past 25 years in hundreds of concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan. In this Improv:21 event, recorded on February 15, 2006 at 21 Grand in Oakland, CA, Ned compares the dynamics of solo improvisin...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Jazz; Free Improvisation; Ned Rothenberg
|Improv:21 - Improvising with Mr. Mitchell: An Informance with Roscoe Mitchell - ROVA:Arts|
Recorded on February 20, 2008, at the Marsh, in San Francisco, Derk Richardson introduces saxophonist, composer, and improviser extraordinaire, Roscoe Mitchell. The very embodiment of the deliberate and intelligent artist, Mitchell proceeds to hold court before an attentive and appreciative audience, presenting some of his musical collaborations, and sharing his ideas about improvising while also answering a variety of interesting questions...
Keywords: Improv:21; ROVA:Arts; Roscoe Mitchell; Lecture; Panel Discussion; Improvisation; Saxophone Music; Free-Jazz
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|Other Minds Festival 15: Concert 3 - Other Minds|
The third and final concert of the 15th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 15) was held in San Francisco on March 6, 2010. Of all the three featured concerts of the 2010 Festival this may have been the most diverse. It began with the world premiere of Gyan Riley’s composition for jazz quartet, commissioned for this event by Other Minds. This is followed by two works by the long established minimalist composer Tom Johnson, who began his career as a music critic for the Village Voice before m...
Keywords: Other Minds Festival; OM 15; Music; New Music; Minimal Music; 21st Century Classical; Jazz
|Improv:21: John Lindberg: Bass Walk - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews composer and bassist John Lindberg, recorded at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco on November 14, 2009, as part of the ROVA:Arts Improv 21 series of informances. John Lindberg is a New York based musician who was in the Bay Area on a temporary teaching stint at the California at Cal Arts. This informal discussion begins with Lindberg performing “Fiddlesticks,” a work that he has been part of his solo double bass repertoire for about 20 years...
Keywords: Improv:21; John Lindberg; Improvisation; Jazz; Double bass music; Interview; Music
|Other Minds Festival 15: Panel Discussion 2 - Other Minds|
The second night of the 15th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 15) began with a panel discussion with some of the composers and performers featured in that night’s concert, held on March 5, 2010. Joining moderator Charles Amirkhanian on stage were, the electro-acoustic composer Natasha Barrett, Polish composer Paweł Mykietyn, and jazz legends Kidd Jordan and Warren Smith. Barrett describes how she blends, carefully, spatially placed natural sounds, spoken monologues, and electronic music,...
Keywords: Other Minds Festival; OM 15; New Music; Lecture; Panel Discussion; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Jazz
|Improv:21 Derk Richardson interviews Nels Cline - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews Los Angeles based guitarist/improviser Nels Cline at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco on March, 26, 2005. Cline talks about his early influences, including John Coltrane, Ravi Shankar, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis. As a guitar player, Cline discusses the difficulties he had in incorporating the instrument into jazz music, and his gradual discovery about the similarities between the sound of Coltrane’s tenor sax and his guitar playing...
Keywords: ROVA; Nels Cline; Improv:21; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Jazz
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|Improv:21 Derk Richardson interviews Composer-Improviser Fred Frith - ROVA:Arts|
Larry Ochs of ROVA (Rova Saxophone Quartet) introduces an insightful interview of composer/improviser Fred Frith by Derk Richardson, conducted at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco on January 30, 2005. Frith discusses the role of improvisation in his music and the recording techniques he has used in the music studio to capture and manipulate those improvisations. He also describes his use of graphic scores, his work improvising film soundtracks, and the various tricks he has developed to...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Jazz; Fred Frith
|Other Minds Festival: OM 8: Djerassi Resident Artists Program Panel Discussions - Other Minds|
Prior to each annual Other Minds Festival the featured composers have traditionally gathered together for a number of days at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside CA., to meet each other and offer presentations about their works. In this program, recorded from March 3-5, 2002, you get the rare and invaluable opportunity of sitting in on these far ranging and interactive discussions, which provide insight into each composer’s early experiences and style of composing...
Keywords: californialightandsound; Other Mind Festival; OM 8; Panel discussion; lecture; music; new music; jazz; 20th century classical; composition; world music; electronic music
|Other Minds Festival: OM 8 Excerpts - Other Minds|
A video sampler from the 8th Other Minds Festival of New Music, held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on March 7-9, 2002, The composer lineup for that year included: Ellen Fullman, Takashi Harada, Lou Harrison, Tania León, Annea Lockwood, Pauline Oliveros, Ricardo Taccuchian, Richard Teitelbaum, and Randy Weston. Excerpted Performers: Linda Burman-Hall, harpsichord & tack-piano Randy Weston, piano (Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet) T.K...
Keywords: Other Minds Festival; OM 8; New Music; Jazz; 20th century classical; Chamber music; Percussion ensembles; Electro-acoustic; Ondes Martenot music; Piano trios; Vocalises with electronics; World music; Microtonal music; Sonatas (Harpsichord); Just intonation; Prepared piano music; Tack piano music